How to Build a Federal Style Mantel with Stock Moulding Profiles from Kuiken Brothers Classical Moulding Collection

The Federal style became popular after the Revolutionary War between the 1770’s and through the early 1800’s. Inspired by English architect Robert Adam, the Federal mouldings found in our stock Classical Moulding collection are much lighter and more delicate than the bold Georgian Mouldings which would have been more popular in the US between the 1750’s and the 1770’s. One way to showcase the Federal style in your next project is by building a Federal style mantel. We teamed up with Gary Striegler, Craftsman Builders, out of Fayetteville, Arkansas to construct the mantel as featured in our Moulding Design Guide.

To create the design, Gary chose seven unique panel moulding profiles from our KB Classical Moulding Collection. Here is one example of how you can combine profiles from Kuiken Brothers Federal Moulding Collection to replicate a historic design. Popular after the Revolutionary War and inspired by English Architect Robert Adam, the Federal Style is much lighter and more delicate than the bold Georgian mouldings. Note the cavetto shapes and simple beads which helps the mouldings to read as more refined in a room. This style would have often been ornamented with decorations like urns, swags and busts.

Download Kuiken Brothers Federal Style Mantle Plans

Here are some additional behind the scenes photos detailing the process of building a Federal style mantel using KB Classical Moulding profiles.


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